Limited resources: Elderly in Britain left to go blind due to NHS rationing cataract surgeries

The Straits Times has a report about how the elderly are going blind as they are being refused for eye surgery. Apparently the NHS has limited resources.

Ain’t socialized medicine grand?

From the Straits Time story:

Thousands of elderly people in Britain are left to go blind because of rationing of eye surgery in the National Health Service (NHS), a report revealed on Saturday (April 6).

The Times newspaper said a survey by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO) found tens of thousands of elderly people are left struggling to see because of an NHS cost-cutting drive that relies on them dying before they can qualify for cataract surgery.

The survey has found that the NHS has ignored instructions to end cataract treatment rationing in defiance of official guidance two years ago.

The RCO said its survey has found 62 per cent of eye units retain policies that require people’s vision to have deteriorated below a certain point before surgery is funded.

With more than 400,000 cataract operations carried out each year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) concluded that there was no justification for policies that denied patients cataract removal surgery until they could barely see.

The RCO said that refusal to fund surgery was insulting and called into question the entire system through which the NHS approves treatments.

Ms. Helen Lee of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) said: “Cataracts can have a dramatic impact on someone’s ability to lead a full and independent life, potentially stopping them from driving and increasing their chance of serious injury by falling. The NICE guidelines make it clear cataract surgery is highly cost effective and should not be rationed. It is nonsensical for clinical commissioning groups to deny patients this crucial treatment.

Ms. Julie Wood, CEO of NHS Clinical Commissioners, which represents local funding bodies, defended the restrictions.

She told the Times: “NICE guidance is not mandatory and clinical commissioners must have the freedom to make clinically led decisions that are in the best interests of both individual patients and their wider local populations. The NHS does not have unlimited resources.

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JCscuba
JCscuba
1 year ago

Yep, we need more socialism.progressives, and Marxists

Alma
Alma
1 year ago

Well, that’s why we have to defeat the Magpie Ocasio-Cortez, Pelosi, Bernie Sanders and the comrades that want to ingrain COMMUNISM not socialism into us. Follow their doctrine and one by one we will be devoured by the birds of pray.

Dr. Eowyn
Admin
1 year ago

And that’s why Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger got his heart surgery here in America.

William
William
1 year ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

He may be an emissary of Satan but he’s not stupid

William
William
1 year ago

Thousands of elderly people freeze to death in GB every winter as well because the Odor insists on reducing “fossil fuel” usage. Because climate change. They’ve gone big on wind farms, several hundred thousand, but one estimate is that every square inch of Wales would have to be covered with turbines in order to meet just 10% of GB’s electricity requirements. They’re nowhere close to that but give them time. Socialism is tenacious

Lophatt
Lophatt
1 year ago
Reply to  William

Too bad Kahn isn’t Egyptian. They used to burn mummies for heat.

William
William
1 year ago
Reply to  Lophatt

lol

evh
evh
1 year ago

This is nothing new. People were being put on a waiting list for cataract surgery when I was in the UK more than 20 years ago. It has always been hard to have any kind of elective surgery. Socialized medicine is all quantity but not quality.

William
William
1 year ago

I had a business partner from England who told me the health care system was a joke. The NHS would come around and knock on your door and give out huge bottles of aspirin, so everybody had enough aspirin to get through the next two ice ages. But if you needed life-saving surgery, take a ticket and we’ll call you. He had a private doctor but most people over there couldn’t afford that. Socialism, after all, is mutually-shared poverty

Lophatt
Lophatt
1 year ago
Reply to  William

It goes without saying that anything the Government touches turns to poo. Oddly, the French do a pretty good job with theirs. Don’t ask my why, but it seems to work. Personally, I don’t see anything “holy” about for profit health care either. I do know that motive is everything and any time you establish a government program it’s prime directive is to grow. The bigger it gets, the more inefficient it gets and the more self-serving. That has more to do with human nature than anything else. if people had better morals it wouldn’t happen. I don’t think people… Read more »

CalGirl
CalGirl
1 year ago
Reply to  William

Loved your quote, “Socialism is….mutually-shared poverty.” My son was in an international sport. His girlfriend at the time, for many years, was a Canadian athlete here in the USA with a green card. Her mother broke her wrist. Rather than wait for the Canadian/English social medicine system to help her, she and her husband booked a flight to SoCal to “visit, ” and had her broken wrist taken care of immediately (could have been 2-3 or more weeks in pain……maybe with bottles of state-meted-out bottles of aspirin…..before she’d have been seen, taken care of, cast. ) Flying to visit her… Read more »

William
William
1 year ago

No, nothing holy about capitalist medicine. Efficiency devolves to heartlessness. Some form of socializing the costs of health care are workable. Chavez in Venezuela actually had considerable success in some areas, ironically in the treatment of cataracts for instance. One major cost-control issue here is the cost of drugs, the extent to which pharma influences policy is obscene. I know the real cost of drugs, especially psych drugs, and you would have a hard time believing it. Jaw-dropping greed and venality. Yeah, if people had better morals. If I had a million dollars I’d be a millionaire. The FS/postmodernists have… Read more »

Lophatt
Lophatt
1 year ago
Reply to  William

Yes, many years ago I went to a lengthy retreat at a monastery on Christian morals. Later, I received a catechists certificate to teach a spin off class. It was instructive. I learned a lot. I totally agree that “it is what it is”. I don’t have to like it. I am entitled to an opinion. No matter what my opinion is, I know there is room for improvement. All that said, there is no improvement without the will to improve. What we have is not “good” simply because other things are worse. Sorting out obligations, motives and other factors… Read more »

CalGirll
CalGirll
1 year ago
Reply to  William

William…”capitalist medicine” depends upon a largely uneducated populace that doesn’t study or understand epidemiology or drug treatments. Half of what ails us can be treated with meds bought for pennies on the dollar at the local agricultural feed store compared to the time & money spent to treat the same w/even a ccnservative HMO.

Lana
Lana
1 year ago

How can there be enough money for fixing old white peoples eyes when the British government is paying for Muslims apartments, food, maternity, and medical costs for 8 babies per muzzle family?

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

But let’s have Medicare for All– only a Leftist bureaucrat would think of controlling healthcare costs by only budgeting so much.